EFD Rights Watch: rape scandal at the highest judicial level; growing frustration with KCK operations…


Fury rages over rape case

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News

Government ministers and deputies from opposition parties all joined an outcry regarding a court decision that lowers the sentence for 26 suspects who were tried for allegedly raping a 13 year old girl. Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Şahin called the ruling ?unacceptable and worrying,? in a written statement.

Pressure mounting on court over rape scandal in Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News

Pressure mounted yesterday on the Supreme Court of Appeals over a ruling that upheld reduced sentences for the abuse of a 13-year-old girl on grounds that she consented to sex.

Turkish court reduces sentences for men accused of raping 13-year-old

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Constanze Letsch

Human rights groups outraged by decision to give group of men shorter jail terms because the victim gave ‘consent’

Human rights groups have reacted with outrage after a Turkish appeals court reduced prison sentences for 26 men convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, because the victim had given “consent”.

A Personal Account of An Arrest

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White
Jeff Gibbs describes the arrest of his father-in-law, Kemal Seven, in the middle of the night during Friday?s mass arrests of people accused of supporting the PKK. Click here and read the ensuing post for the full essay.

Counterterrorism Law as a source of row

Since the day it was passed, the Counterterrorism Law (TMK) has always been a source of controversy, but it has never been so foolishly implemented as it is today.

44 arrested in Turkey for Kurdish ties

from Yahoo news
ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 2 (UPI) — Turkish officials say 44 people are accused of terrorism for their suspected involvement in an umbrella organization for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

Arrested publisher gets culture minister’s praise

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL
Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay says the reasons for a court decion on writer and publisher Zarakolu, who was arrested in Istanbul on Tuesday for his alleged involvement with the outlawed Kurdistan Communities Union along with Professor Büşra Ersanlı and 42 other suspects, should be made public

NGO decries jailing of journalists

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News
The Freedom for Journalists Platform (GÖP) has issued a call to draw the public?s attention to the continued imprisonment of 64 journalists in Turkey and a public press statement set to be released tomorrow.

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